NZ Top of the South Island

  • Tour Overview

Unveiling a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions.  This stunning tour showcases the best of the top end of New Zealand’s South Island.  Including all the very best sightseeing, this experience is also inclusive of a number of short walks that are wonderfully scenic.  Join us and discover this wonderful area in depth.

  • Highlights
  • Return international airfares with full-service airline
  • 10 nights 4 star accommodation
  • Professional coach captain & Tour Leader
  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
  • Wilderness Gallery, Hokitika
  • Monteith’s Brewing Co. Tasting
  • Abel Tasman guided walk and Barbecue Cruise
  • Yealands Estate White Road Tour and Tasting
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Coastal town of Kaikoura
  • Buller Gorge
  • Marlborough Wine Region
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Itinerary

DAY 1: Australia to Christchurch
Today you will board your included flight for New Zealand.  On arrival you will be met by your Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.  (D)

DAY 2: Christchurch – Akaroa – Christchurch
After an introductory city sights tour, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic French Village of Akaroa, with time to wander through the charming galleries and craft stores. This afternoon set off on your Nature Cruise in the hope of spotting the rare Hector’s Dolphin and keep an eye out for penguins and other sea birds. Following your cruise, return to Christchurch where the evening is free to dine at one of the city’s many restaurants.  (B)

DAY 3: Christchurch – Moana – Hokitika
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges before descending through the Otira Tunnel to Moana, on the banks of picturesque Lake Brunner. Enjoy lunch at Kingfisher Restaurant, before travelling to the Brunner Mine Site, the location of the 1896 mine explosion. This afternoon in the coastal town of Hokitika, you will visit a local gallery, the perfect chance to pick up a gift or souvenir.  (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Hokitika – Punakaiki
Today, take in the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge on a short walk descending through the hardwood forest that will lead you to a swing bridge which crosses the Hokitika River. Continue north to Greymouth, home of Monteith’s Brewing Co. where you will sample locally brewed beers over lunch. This afternoon travel along the Great Coast Road to the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. (B,L,D) 

DAY 5: Punakaiki – Nelson
Journey north along the coast to Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he encountered nasty weather. A short walk will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, to visit the World of WearableArt Museum. A guided tour willshowcase more than 60 award winning garments from designers located all over the world. Attached is the Classic Cars Museum where you can view a prized collection of classic cars.  (B,D)

DAY 6: Nelson – Abel Tasman National Park – Nelson
Travel to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and join a cruise along the parks’ picturesque coastline. At Anchorage Bay a barbeque lunch will be served. Re-join your coach and depart for Nelson via the vineyards. This evening is free for you to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town.  (B,L)

DAY 7: Nelson – Blenheim
Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough to the spectacular Yealands Estate. The ‘White Road Tour’, will take you on a journey through this remarkable vineyard offering breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim Beer Garden before visiting the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 aircraft.  (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Blenheim
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique wine and cheese tasting experience at Cloudy Bay Estate. Later travel to Picton to board a luxury launch for a scenic dinner cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take in the sights and wildlife while enjoying a sumptuous meal of local salmon, Greenshell Mussels and Cloudy Bay Clams, matched with a glass of Marlborough wine. (B,D)

DAY 9: Blenheim – Kaikoura
Farewell the Marlborough region and journey to Kaikoura to visit the Kaikoura Museum, featuring a dedicated exhibition on the impact of the 2016 earthquake. This afternoon you may like to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the coastline to see the many species of whales that migrate through this area. (B,D)

DAY 10: Kaikoura – Christchurch
Depart Kaikoura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends. (B,SD)

DAY 11: Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

  • Important Notes

Excluded from the package price:

  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities/cruise shore excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions are an agreement between you, our company and tour operator. Our tour operator for 11 Day Top of the South Island is Grand Pacific Tours. When you make a deposit payment you thereby agree to accept the terms and conditions of this contract. This agreement should be read in conjunction with the full tour operator booking conditions.  Please refer to for full conditions.

Price: the advertised price is in Australian dollars. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made once deposit is received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies. No discounts are applicable. The prices are subject to minimum numbers being met . Price includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, modern coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sight seeing and attractions as advised in itinerary.

Booking, Deposit & Final Payment: Due to the various departure points of this tour a non-refundable airfare/tour deposit will be due within 3 business days  of confirmation.  The deposit amounts are listed here;

SYD/MEL/BNE: $1,000 per person

HBA/LST/DPO: $1,235 per person

PER:                   $1,480 per person

CBR:                   $1,200 per person

Final Payment is due 75 Days prior to departure.

Cancellations: For cancellations received within 70 days prior to departure 100% of your tour payment will be forfeited.

Group Conditions: A minimum number of passengers are required to operate this tour.  Should minimum passengers numbers not be met we will review the operation of this tour, and additional costs may apply.  Any Escort attendance is subject to minimum numbers.

Included Air: All tour prices include airfares and taxes from / to the Australian cities specified.  Airfares are in Economy Class with Air New Zealand, Qantas or Virgin Australia.   Flight details will be confirmed at time of booking and once schedules are within date range and available.  Please note airport taxes are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking.

Tour Itinerary Adjustments:  We reserve the right to alter the itinerary including sightseeing, schedules, hotels and other tour inclusions to accommodate unforeseen circumstances or events beyond our control.

Tour itinerary adjustments: We reserve the right to alter the itinerary including sightseeing, schedules, hotels, and other tour inclusions to accommodate unforeseen circumstances or events beyond our control.

Travel Insurance:  We strongly encourage all customers to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking.  Signature Journeys will not be held liable for expenses incurred as a result of failure to obtain adequate insurance, including but not limited to medical expenses, loss of luggage, additional transportation due to cruise or airline schedule changes or the impossibility of delivering components of the package in its entirety. 

Tipping and gratuities: While not prevalent in Australia, tipping is an important custom in many parts of the world and may or may not be included in your package. Where tipping is not included, any amount paid is entirely at your discretion. However, in recognition of great service and about local traditions, we recommend you partake in this practice. Guidelines will be provided prior to departure. Where tipping is included in the package, no refund will be available.

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Sydney/ Brisbane/ Melbourne
Hobart/ Launceston/ Devonport

All prices are per person twin share

**Advertised price includes; $300pp saving, $195pp waived air taxes & Eyewitness travel guide per household valued at $30**

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